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Scarlet Macaw - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 04-04-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 38
Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a clear medium golden with a tightly formed full one finger white egg shell colored head that settles ever so slowly leaving a full ring of lace as into a frothy mass.Aromas of toasted cereal and biscuit malts wich are light but very English.Very herbal and grassy upfront on the palate wich means a big dose of English hops, a dryer toasted biscuit malt base is firm thru to the finish.A quaffable somewhat hoppy English pale here,I like this more than most of the style,cutting edge? (510 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenlee
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York not long back. The label mentions that it is hopped with Amarillo and Summit. Oakham clearly have a nautical theme going on.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of white grape, melon, grapefruit and citrus. Underpinned by light caramel malt and mildly fruity ale yeast, with just a twinge of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grape, melon, citrus, mild caramel malt, stewed hops and faint ale yeast. A trace of diacetyl lurks in the background. Well-attenuated, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly - the hop oils tease the palate. Good body but low carbonation. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of aromatic citrus and bitter stewed hops.

Nice - a satisfyingly hoppy brew. It looks a bit lacklustre - clear, barely carbonated and with a rapidly shrinking head. However, the aroma and flavour are great; tons of fruity hop notes and a decent bitterness. Body is OK, but increased carbonation would improve the texture. It doesn't seem to be bottle conditioned - I reckon this would add depth to the beer's character (and I had the impression that this was the case for other Oakham brews). At any rate, a tasty ale with only minor flaws. Well worth sampling if you come across it. (1,554 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small white head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, herbal earthy hops, orange marmalade. Moreish.
Pretty similar flavours, more slight caramel and bready malt with some earthy hops underneath.
Could use more carbonation.
Not bad, easy drinking. (261 characters)

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled pint in Ye Old Fighting Cocks, Oakengates on 29 Jun 2013.

Light amber to deep gold in body colour with a clinging head of white foam, the beer was in excellent condition.

Citrus feel to the nose and taste: Oakham seem to major on citrusy and tart fruit flavoured beers and this sits nicely in that group. I am not a huge fan of this style, but you have to admire the effort some breweries go to in their quest for different tastes.

Great beer if you are into grapefruit and gooseberry flavoured beers.

I don't like fruit tea's and I don't really like fruit flavoured beers, my scores are as objective as I can be. (630 characters)

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear marmalade orange. Decent white head.
I can smell the marmalade reflecting the colour.
And now I can taste it with an added balance of malt.
Closer to an APA than an EPA (174 characters)

Photo of Dylonious
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a long while. Excellent lacing.

S: A striking aroma (considering the style) of hops, light fruit, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly large amount), a subtle amount of malt, and some tropical fruits (e.g., mango) lurking around. With many British brewers there's a tendency not to shoot for bold flavors. This is not the case with Scarlet Macaw. It tastes more like an APA or a light West Coast IPA than anything else - and this is a good thing. It's sweet, bold, and flavorful.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable brew that could easily be a session beer. Well made and likeable. (809 characters)

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jonb5
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the Hope Carshalton.

A: Pale amber, continental apple juice like clear, one finger head, decent retention, some lacing.

S: Citrus, flowers.

T: Tangy, zesty bitterness, mango, sharp on the palate, pepper.

M: Crisp, light, easy drinker.

O: Had a nice subtle balance. (282 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rusty amber with loose white froth despite vigourous pour.
Lots of musty orange peel on the nose with some peach.
Doughy malts with more peach and honeydew then tangerine and light resin hops.
Sherbet ending and needling aspirin bitterness.
Very soft, round, light-medium, some cling.

Amarillo and Summit.

Fascinating spin on this one - hops are edgy but restrained, the resin reminds more somehow of spun caramel. The malts are chewy, almost pillowy, and the body is silky smooth (low carb helps here), but then there's aggressive little stab of pure bitterness at the end, like a miniature stiletto. Never had a pale ale that was so mellow yet so hoppy.

This is why British brewing should be admired.

Little wonder. (722 characters)

Photo of JSOBB
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Copper body, very little head.

S: Intense tropical fruit. The bottle describes tart goosberry and peach but I suppose pineapple is the closest thing I get.

T: Still a bit cold but it's clearly a dry beer. Having let it warm I'm now getting a touch of barleywine-like warming syrup. Think I'm getting the gooseberry thing as well. Some hoppy, subtle floral fruit in the aftertaste. It's pretty bitter. Gets sweeter as it warms. It's a very trans-Atlantic beer. Just wish it had some more malty caramel to bring out the hops.

M: Light and fizzy. Much better on cask.
O: Some of Oakham's offerings are better bottled but I prefer this on cask. (646 characters)

Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of davet100
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle found in Charleston, SC. Nice to find an English ale that is something other than the usual suspects you find in the U.S; Fullers, Brewdog, Wells, etc. Been some time since I've had an English pale ale in this mould. Very interesting beer, poured a light amber colour with a small white head and decent lacing. Fairly mild aroma, light citrus and tropical notes. For 4.8% this beer packs some bold flavors; mainly grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava, alongside a subtle summit hop oniony infusion. This is backed up with a typically English bready malt backbone; albeit quite a light one which is always a good feature in my mind. Whilst light in body,it is nicely balanced and refreshing. It is also surprisingly hoppy with a decent amount of bitterness. All in all, this was more of an American pale ale in my mind, and in that respect this is a very decent offering and worthy of trying. Nice to see a fruity/citrusy English pale ale, look forward to checking out any others I can find over here. (1,012 characters)

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Scarlet Macaw from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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